Scoring a season high 98 points in its last game, East Carolina (8-6, 0-1 AAC) looked like it solved some of its offensive deficiencies. In its conference opener, its shooting issues came back to haunt the Pirates. Its shooting woes led to the Pirates downfall in the second half, falling to Central Florida (7-5, 1-0 AAC) 71-68 and ending a seven home game win streak
With just over eight minutes to go in the second half ECU held a 10 point lead over the Knights. An 18-6 run by the Knights put them in the lead late in the game. Pirates forward Caleb White hit a three point to get the Pirates within one in the closing seconds. Then AJ Davis’s two free throws gave the Knights a three point lead. ECU guard Prince Williams was fouled on the ensuing possession to put ECU back within one. The Knights again made two free throws and Williams three point attempt to tie the game was no good.
White’s three was his fourth of the game, but missed six shots from the three point line. His 16 points were second on the team, just behind BJ Tyson. Tyson only made one three pointer but got to the foul line nine times, putting through six of them. Williams’ three to tie the game was his fourth attempt from downtown and misfired on all of his attempts. The senior guard only converted on three of his 12 shots from the field.
The most productive player on the court at Minges Coliseum was the Knights forward Davis. He led all scorers with 23 points and was seven for 11 from the field. Davis also went to the foul line more than any other player, converting eight of 10. Davis had the help of guard Daiquan Walker and Tanksley Efianayi whom combined for 23 points.
The Pirates supporting cast did not contribute much in the game. ECU’s 14 bench points were all scored by freshman Kentrell Barkley and he also tallied six rebounds and four assists. The rest of the bench was 0 for 10 and only attempted one free throw, which was also missed.
Although ECU struggled to score, it would end the first half holding a three point lead. In the second half Central Florida shot 52.2 percent compared to ECU’s 38.9 percent. ECU ended the night shooting 34.8 percent from the field while the Knights finished shooting 44.2 percent